On Saturday, Duke officially unveiled the design of their official Final Four appearance ring.
It’s the beginning of April, which means March Madness is coming to an end. The Final Four is set, with each remaining school ready to try to take the next step forward in hopes of capturing a national championship. Tonight, Kentucky will look to extend their record to 39-0 and continue the march towards a ninth title, while Wisconsin hopes to spoil their bid at the first perfect season since Indiana in 1976.
Meanwhile, Duke will search for his ninth championship game appearance, against a primed Cinderella in Michigan State, the lone seventh seed in a group of ones. It is the aforementioned Duke head coach’s name that bears the side of a preview for the team’s official Final Four rings.
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Even if you are not a fan of the Blue Devils or their four time national championship winning head coach, one has to admit that those are some pretty nice looking rings. It almost makes you wonder if teams are spoiled with too much hardware. After all, it has been customary in recent seasons for title winning teams in the FBS to receive three rings of their own; one for the conference, one for the bowl itself, and one for the championship.
These, however, are still a consolation prize in comparison to the recognition that comes with running the complete gauntlet of the NCAA tournament. At the end of the day, anything less than 6-0 should be marked as a disappointment.
Both the Badgers and Wildcats walked away with sour tastes in their mouths after the former lost their 2014 Final Four match up to the latter, who would then go on to drop the title to UConn.
Frank “The Tank” Kaminsky got one of these last season. As lovely as pocketing a second one might seem, we are certain part of the experience taunts him with memories of 2014. Head coach Bo Ryan has three championship rings of his own. Those, unfortunately, come at the Division III level. He will be looking for his first ever Division I title appearance.
As for Tom Izzo and crew, MSU will be looking for its first appearance in the season’s final game since 2009. They won their last championship in 2000.
[H/T Bleacher Report]
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